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“With great joy and much pleasure, we had supper with old friends tonight,” wrote Glover Parker Jim Tate on June 20 on the neighborhood’s Yahoo newsgroup. “Sushi Ko [2309 Wisconsin Ave.] has reopened as Sushi Keiko (pron. Sushi Ko) with [general manager] David [Zhang], [chef] Koji [Terano], and all of our old friends. Boy did we miss you.”

Sushi Ko closed last July due to tax issues. The new restaurant’s president and liquor licensee is Wei Zhang, who owns the restaurant with his sister Min. (The owners are not related to David Zhang.) According to a sign in the window, Sushi Keiko opens at 5:30 p.m. every night but Monday.

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A restaurant named Sushi Keiko has leased 2309 Wisconsin Ave., the former home of Sushi Ko. On March 12, company president Wei Zhang applied for a liquor license for the new restaurant. The Sushi Keiko menu will feature a variety of Asian foods, including sushi and sashimi, small plates such as grilled baby octopus with mango sauce, and entrees including roasted Maine salmon, the application states. Sushi Ko closed its Glover Park location last summer.

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From the February 2014 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

 

The liquor license for Sushi Ko (2309 Wisconsin Ave.) is officially in the dormant “safekeeping” status, after a December 11 vote by the ABC Board. Restaurant owner Daisuke Utagawa requested that the license be placed in safekeeping because he “decided to lease the space out to another tenant,” according to his application for the status. The ABC Board voted to allow the license to stay in safekeeping through June 11. The Sushi Ko building is currently for rent.

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2209 Wisconsin Ave., 9/25/13Commenter Scott Philips reports that there seems to be a “for rent” sign on the Sushi Ko building, 2309 Wisconsin. The restaurant closed unexpectedly this summer due to a city tax lien, but at the time owner Daisuke Utagawa said that it would reopen. Utagawa, who owns the building as well as the restaurant, could not immediately be reached for comment, but we’ll update when we hear back from him.

UPDATE: We verified Scott’s report by snapping the pic above. No word yet from Mr Utagawa.

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Sushi Ko (2309 Wisconsin Ave.) is on the verge of resolving the tax issues that forced it to close in June, a city spokesman told the Georgetown Patch. “Once they finalize things with [the Office of Taxation and Revenue] and they can get a clean hands certificate from OTR, then we are good to issue them a new business license and they can start operations,” said Helder Gil of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. Sushi-Ko owed the city more than $700,000 in back taxes.

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Sushi-Ko (2309 Wisconsin Ave.) has been closed since June 28 due to the expiration of its business license, but the restaurant hopes to reopen next week, its owner told The Washington Business Journal. The restaurant’s unexpected closure was first reported by Prince of Petworth.

Sushi-Ko owner Daisuke Utagawa declined to tell WBJ why the license had expired, but Najma Roberts, a spokeswoman for the D.C. Department of Health, told us that the restaurant “has a tax issue with OTR,” the Office of Taxation and Revenue. “DCRA [the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs] issued them a notice not to operate until resolved,” Roberts said.

 

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Sushi-Ko (2309 Wisconsin Ave.) owes more than $840,000 in back taxes, The Washington Post reports. In April, the Internal Revenue Service filed a lien against the restaurant for failing to pay business income taxes, co-owner Daisuke Utagawa confirmed to the paper. “It’s actually a long, long story,” he said. “At the moment, I’d really rather not talk about it.” Utagawa added that the debt would not force him to close Sushi-Ko.

Utagawa is planning to open a new ramen restaurant in Chinatown. He told the Post that Sushi-Ko’s tax issues would not impact that plan: “One has nothing to do with the other.”

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